Monday 14th Sep was the night of the first public outing of my new play, Nadya, about Stalin’s wife… and what a night it was.
A packed house of friends, family and industry folk responded with effusive enthusiasm for both the play and the magnificent reading by the distinguished cast.
It was a tribute to everyone involved how quickly a ‘company’ sensibility developed and for me the whole day just ‘felt right’.
The actual performance was slick and professional but funny, powerful and moving in equal measure.
The response of the audience to both the play and the performance was universally positive, not to say effusive.
My only frustration is that now we know it really works it will be so disappointing if we can’t take it further.
Thanks again to everyone involved; it was a magical day for me and one I will treasure forever.
SOME PHOTOS OF THE CAST IN ACTION
Exec Producer: Colin Blumenau
Producer: Lizzie Franks/Nerine Skinner
Director: Sarah Meadows
Nadya Michelle Terry
Stalin Stephen Tompkinson
Baba Phyllis Logan
Uncle Abel Yenukidze Shaun Prendergast
Sergo Ordzhonikidze Dominic Mafham
Vecha Molotov Rupert Holiday Evans
Marshal Kliment Vorishilov David Robb
Nikolai Bukharin Jamie Foreman
Nikita Khrushchev Alistair Donegan
Sasha Andreyev Adam Thompson
Polina Molotov Chloe Massey
Zinaida Ordzhonikidze Kathryn O’Reilly
Ekaterina Voroshilov Lizzie Roper
Kristina Vadimovna Alice Fernandez
Elena Fyodorovich Nicola Coughan
Stage Directions Julie Teal